Matthewsre wrote:I am considering on getting one of these 3 with Amazon Prime shipping since my MiEV will arrive here on Friday. any suggestions between the AeroVironment, Siemens, and GE listed below?
I'd echo what Don said. Take a month or two the to see your pattern of use and see if you really miss being able to charge faster.
We were going to install 240 volts in the garage. Discovered with our pattern of use no need to.
Could've lived with the wimpy 8amp 120v stock charger.
Upgraded it at http://www.evseupgrade.com
for $300 and it effectively charges about twice as fast on our regular 120v plug already in the garage.
AND you CAN ... If you later decide you do want or need the even faster charging off a 240 volt plug also use the upgraded stock charger as a 240v 12.5amp fast charger. As Don mentioned our MiEVs won't accept charge faster than 13amps (unless your have the level 3 option...which no one will install at home.)
And remember... Your battery will last longer and age more gracefully if you charge it as slowly as is practical and only as full as needed for your use. No point in zapping it up to fully charged from the halfway mark in a 3 hour 240volt session when you know you're not going to drive more than 10 miles the rest of the day , when you can easily bring it up to full (if you even need full the next day) on a 7 or 8 hour 120v charge.